Originally posted by EastCoastKid
A carrier group is now on its way to the Persian Gulf. Two scenarios being floated:
Originally posted by The Vagabond
Eisenhower isn't the only ship in recent news. Boxer strike group with the 15th MEU is on its way over there. Anyone wanna do the grunt work on how frequent/regular these events are and make a guess on the likelihood of it being routine?
Originally posted by xpert11
While I havnt been able to find any links if my memory serves ne correctly the USN maintains a carrier group in the South China Sea in order to deter North Korea from invading its southern neighbour. Note the US hasnt invaded North Korea despite the Carries being in the region.
Personaly I dont understand why people are making such a big fuss but on the other hand the Bush admin has proven that it is as far removed from reality as is possible which gives people a reason to be concerned.
by Dave Lindorff, co-author of "The Case for Impeachment"
BREAKING NEWS: Eisenhower Carrier Group Sails for Iran Theater
The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Eisenhower and its accompanying strike force of cruiser, destroyer and attack submarine slipped their moorings and headed off for the Persian Gulf region on Oct. 2, as I had predicted in a piece in The Nation magazine a few weeks back.
The Eisenhower strike force, according to my sources, is scheduled to arrive in the vicinity of Iran around October 21, at the same time as a second flotilla of minesweepers and other ships.
This build-up of naval power around the coast of Iran, according to some military sources, is in preparation for an air attack on Iran that would target not just Iran's nuclear enrichment facilities, but its entire military command and control system.
While such an attack could be expected to unleash a wave of military violence all over Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and elsewhere against American forces and interests and against oil wells, pipelines and loading vacilities, as well as a mining of the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz, with a resulting skyrocketing of global oil prices, the real goal of this new war by the U.S. would be ensuring Republican control of the House and Senate.
Originally posted by EastCoastKid
Now more than ever, I feel an attack on Iran is imminent. The GOP is imploding and Bush is under attack from all quarters over the Iraq debacle. An electoral tsunami is heading Washington's way. The BushCons have no other avenue to run down.
Here's a bit of analysis I read earlier. I wholly agree with it.
The Time Magazine article intimates that the operation could result in heavy American casualties.
“The first message was routine enough: a ‘Prepare to Deploy Order’ sent through naval communications channels to a submarine, an Aegis-class cruiser, two minesweepers and two mine-hunters. The orders didn't actually command the ships out of port; they just said be ready to move by October 1 . A deployment of minesweepers to the east coast of Iran would seem to suggest that a much discussed, but until now largely theoretical, prospect has become real: that the U.S. may be preparing for war with Iran.”12
Award-winning investigative reporter and journalist Dave Lindorff has written;
[Retired] Colonel Gardiner, who has taught military strategy at the National War College [of the United States], says that the [U.S. Navy] carrier deployment and a scheduled Persian Gulf arrival date of October 21  is “very important evidence” of war planning. He says, “I know that some naval forces have already received 'prepare to deploy orders’ [PTDOs], which have set the date for being ready to go as October 1 . Given that it would take about from October 2 to October 21 to get those forces to the [Persian] Gulf region, that looks about like the date” of any possible military action against Iran. (A PTDO means that all crews should be at their stations, and ships and planes should be ready to go, by a certain date—in this case, reportedly, October 1.) Gardiner notes, “You cannot issue a PTDO and then stay ready for very long. It's a very significant order, and it’s not done as a training exercise.” This point was also made in the Time article.www.globalresearch.ca...
Originally posted by osram
NumberCruncher is in a dellusionary state of mind.
No offense meant, sorry for the one-liner.
But i can't do otherwise. My hands.. they move and write the truth. I can't stop them. :/
Originally posted by NumberCruncher
Iran i beleive will be a precision attack war.
Young Iranians enmasse want a regeim change it seems.
The Iranian people arnt the target, there Leadership and WMD ambitions are so there wont really be any Quelling objective.
I think the whole War could virtually be fought with Cruise Missiles, just bomb and bomb and bomb all Military and Political targets, send in Special Forces mop up squads at the most.
The USA and Coalition is on a War Path because the Islamofascist Killers have attacked and continue to attack un armed Women and Children, we will destroy the sponsors of Terror.
Iran has this coming if you think you can say that Jews should be wiped off the face of the Earth with Impunity your about to learn and awful lesson in table manners son.
The only harbourer of Lies and Criminal conduct are the Iranian and Syrian state sponsors of Terrorism.
Peace be with you.